October 7, 2020
As nice as it is to be eating real food again, I definitely see why people say it’s difficult to get all of your protein in. I had to eat way more than I actually felt like eating yesterday just to meet my protein goals. Today I’ll be putting some protein in my liquids because I actually had to stay up later last night just so I could eat my last dose of protein and even with that I barely made my goal. It was much easier when I could add an entire scoop of protein powder to 3 oz of soup. That was almost 25g of protein per meal so I would definitely make my 60-90g requirement per day (I’d usually get about 80). But when I’m actually eating food, since I can’t eat very much, it’s pretty critical that I either eat more frequently or I supplement with shakes or protein powder in my liquids. Today I’ve planned a little bit better and I will try out a new schedule and eating/drinking plan.
I also learned that I need to get up earlier. I got up about 30 minutes earlier than I normally do so that I could go take a quick walk before my work day started (while it’s still cool outside). We’ve been in the upper 90s still so walking in the afternoon is tough, to put it mildly. Then I was home with about 10 minutes to spare. I was able to make my coffee and warm up the leftover scrambled eggs from yesterday that I didn’t finish, eat those, wait 15 minutes, drink my coffee and take my multivitamins. This seems to work out for me and now that I’m done with my morning meetings, I can actually get in a second walk while it’s still relatively cool. I will take an early lunch and do a longer walk. I know I need to stay focused on making daily exercise a priority.
This is such a learning process.
I’m sure I mentioned this before but I am not naturally a water drinker. I don’t know why but I honestly hate drinking water. I know it’s good for me. I know it’s essential, especially right now while I’m recovering. But I HATE IT. So, I’ve been adding sugar-free on-the-go packets to my waters just so I can get them down. And that’s been good. I drink Propel and I also drink Gatorade Zero every so often. But one thing I’ve learned is that I get sick of the same flavors after a couple of days. So I’m finding it’s good to have a variety of flavor add-ins to choose from. Today, I’m taking a break from the flavor add-ins and I’ve switched to my favorite decaf tea. It has no sweeteners but it is so tasty. It’s made by Good Earth and it’s their sweet and spicy tea. It’s got a cinnamon flavor to it that I love. So I figure that is probably a little better for me than all the chemicals added to those flavor add ins. I hope it doesn’t upset my stomach. So far, nothing really has (besides the morphine they gave me in the hospital - that was awful ) so I should be OK. We’ll give it a try today.
Someone has asked me which items I’ve found helpful so far in this process. I watched a lot of YouTube videos before my surgery and there were many suggestions about items to buy that are helpful. I’ve found that some of those suggestions are good and some have been a waste of money for me. I’ll try to gather a list and do an entry (hopefully tomorrow) on this topic. I definitely have my favorites. Now I just need to figure out how to post pictures here in this journal so I can show you what I use. I’ll work on that.
How am I feeling? Pretty accomplished today since I got up early and I feel like I have a grip on my schedule today. Yesterday was all over the place trying to get in enough protein and drink my liquids. Learning… always learning. Physically, I feel good. I’m glad that I walked this morning. Yesterday, my stomach was just slightly uncomfortable. I think it had something to do with me eating more than I actually wanted to eat. I ended up eating and drinking till about 8:30pm which is late for me. So when I went to bed and took my meds and my final dose of multivitamin I felt a little off. Nothing horrible but I definitely could tell that I would need to do things differently in the future.
Mentally/emotionally- I feel like my antidepressants are working fine so far. I haven’t noticed a change in that respect. I’ve been able to take my pills normally and I don’t notice any issues there. Today I feel pretty “normal.” No complaints or concerns.
I’m still so amazed at how easy my recovery has been. I was bracing myself for a much more difficult experience. So far, I’m pleasantly surprised. That is not to say than this process has been easy. It hasn’t. But it hasn’t been unpleasant or defeating in any way. I mean- it’s not easy re-learning how to eat and navigate all the changes that come with this surgery. It’s not easy to not be able to grab even a healthy snack out of the fridge like I used to when I felt like eating something. It’s not easy to want something crunchy but be still in the puree phase. It’s not easy measuring and portioning and trial and error… this is all a definite lifestyle change. But so far, everything I’ve dealt with has been so worth the effort. I feel better already. It just feels good to finally have some control around my eating again. Yes, as much as Chinese food and pizza SURE sounds good, it’s nice to not have those uncontrollable cravings like I did before the surgery. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Let’s hope my path continues to be this rewarding.